May Gardening
May is the time to start your vegetable gardens, refresh your houseplants, and plant and transplant trees. Take a look at what professional gardeners recommend.

Houseplants
You should repot your houseplants in new soil in May. 

Trees & Shrubs
Plant or transplant trees and shrubs before the heat of summer.

Pests
Keep a watch out for asparagus beetles, aphids, cabbage worms, cutworms, scale, slugs & snails and any signs of fungal diseases (leaf spot, mildew, rust. etc.).

Rip out invasive plants while the soil is damp, before they spread even further.

Did You Know?
May is a great time to plant asparagus for next year.

Seed cool season vegetables and root crops after mid-month (beets, beans, cabbage, carrots, chard, lettuce, onions, potatoes, radishes, turnips, etc.).

Start warm season melons and squash indoors, to transplant after Memorial Day, when the squash borer has moved on.

Hold the heat lovers like tomatoes and peppers until the end of the month.

Check out this website for more gardening information.

Want to learn more about saving energy and money?
TrueNorth's emPower program holds educational sessions each month covering a different topic. Check out the "CLASS SCHEDULE"  below to see where we will be holding these sessions for May. 

Topic for May Educational Sessions: Recycling/Composting/Gardening


 
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